How to Stop Fringe Trim From Fraying

Arin Bodden

Fringed trim adds a touch of whimsy and texture to curtains, rugs, skirts, scarves, and all kinds of home furnishings and apparel. After months or years of use, however, the ends of the fringed trim can start to fray, making your item look aged.

You can repair and prevent frayed fringe edges with simple techniques.

Even if your item is older, you can clean up the fringe and prevent it from fraying again. This technique is best used when your fringe is new, but it works well with older fringe as well.


Follow product directions including safety warnings when using fray-preventing gel, and work in a well-ventilated area.

  1. Lay your fringed item on a flat surface and comb the fringe with a wide-tooth comb so it is straight. Start at the knotted end of the fringe and carefully comb down to the ends of the fringe, a section of fringe at a time, until all of the fringe lies flat.

  2. Trim the ends of the fringe so that all the pieces are the same length. If the ends are already frayed, trim the frayed sections off. Comb and trim the fringe a section at a time.

  3. Apply fray-preventing gel to the ends of the trimmed fringe. Put a small drop of the gel on a cotton swab and run the swab over the edges in small sections, completely coating the raw edges of the fringe in the gel. Let the fringe dry for an hour. Re-comb the fringe to separate any strands that get stuck together with the gel.